Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

MONDAY MILERS SUMMER HIKING SCHEDULE
Adventures with Richard.  All who wander are not lost.”  JRR Tolkein

September 3rd (Labor Day) CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN (Alan will lead.)
6.3 miles, 700’ ascent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.

September 10th ART LOEB AND GRAVEYARD RIDGE
7 miles or so…, 700’ ascent, R7, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle hike from Big Sam parking we leave 816 at the Art Loeb intersection, hike up Black Balsam, Tennant Mtns., turn right at Investor Gap trail, right again onto Graveyard Ridge, and hike to Graveyard Fields’ parking to pick up our shuttle.

September 17th ALAN’S HIKE TO BE DETERMINED OR…
I am cancelling the Roan Mountain hike as I have received “flak” from the group of people I’ll be staying with at Blowing Rock. We are tentatively planning to hike TABLE ROCK overlooking the Linville Valley Gorge. You are welcome to join us…but let me know so that we can coordinate.

September 24th IVESTOR GAP , ART LOEB, TO HWY 276
ALAN’S HIKE, second effort
9 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R8, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle hke, start at Big Sam perking, hike Ivestor Gap to the Art Loeb trail, to Shining Rock (lunch), then to Hwy 276 via the Shining Rock trail.

October 1st SOAPSTONE RIDGE THE HARD WAY
9 miles, 900’ ascent. R8, car fee: $3.00
From Yellow Gap Rd. and Barnett Branch we’ll hike in to the far side of Pink Beds, left to the connector trail to the Guaging Tower, and do the Soapstone Ridge hike returning to our cars. This would be a “lollipop” hike.

October 8th LOOKING GLASS ROCK
6.5 miles, 1,350’ ascent, R8, car fee: $1.00
We’ll hike to the overlook (end) enjoy the view and return to the Southwest view near the helipad for lunch.

October 15th WADING AT TURKEY PEN
6 miles, 500’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From Turkey Pen parking we hike Vineyard Gap, left at Riverside trail and back via short up to cars.

October 18th (Thursday) PISGAH HIKERS FALL OCTOBERFEST PICNIC
At Holmes Educational State Forest. Hike at 9:00 AM on the loop, 3 miles, 500’, R5. Please bring a side dish/dessert to compliment brats and buns. Lunch at around 11:00 AM. Cover charge: $2.00. Please contact Jeri Schneider at 828 685-2994 of jschnei2@bellsouth.net or me.

October 22nd EXPLORING EAST PANTHERTOWN
5-6 miles, 800’ ascent, R7, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.

October 29th BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO FISH HATCHERY
8.3 miles, 1,300’ ascent, R7, $2.00
Long shuttle hike. We hike from the Bracken Mountain trailhead to the fish hatchery via Bracken Mountain and Cat Gap Loop.

November 5th PISGAH RIDGE/MTS TO SKINNY DIP FALLS
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, $4.50
Shuttle, start at the intersection of Road 816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Pisgah Ridge Trail to Graveyard Fields, join the Mountains to Sea Trail to Skinny Dip Falls (lunch). Finish with a short hike to cars at Looking Glass overlook.

November 12th HOOKER FALLS TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS, DUPONT FOREST
8 miles, 600’ ascent, R6, $2.00
From Hooker Falls we hike up to the covered bridge, Pitch Pine Trail, then onto Bridal Veil Falls and return.

November 19th CAT GAP LOOP/JOHN ROCK
6.6 miles, 1,200’ ascent, R7, $2.00
From the fish hatchery we hike Cat Gap Loop and John Rock the hard way.

November 26th BLACK MOUNTAIN
9 – 10 miles, estimated 1,200’ ascent, R8, car fee: $2.00
Either a key exchange or a shuttle, we hike from Avery Creek Road up Club Gap trail to Club Gap where we hike the Black Mountain trail to its end finishing behind the Forest Ranger station.

December 3rd HWY 191 TO DIAMOND BRAND VIA MTS
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R3, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle, we hike from the French Broad River to Diamond Brand parking via the Mountains to Sea Trail. Christmas Shopping?

December 10th TABLE ROCK IN SC
7.5 miles, 2,000’ ascent, R9, $5.00
From the parking at Table Rock State Park, we hike to the top of Table Rock and return.

December 17th  BRACKEN MOUNTAIN FROM THE FISH HATCHERY

December 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
NO HIKE

December 31st  PISGAH RIDGE/MST TO SKINNY DIP FALLS
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, $4.50

Shuttle, start at the intersection of Road 816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Pisgah Ridge Trail to Graveyard Fields, join the Mountains to Sea Trail to Skinny Dip Falls (lunch).  Finish with a short hike to cars at Looking Glass overlook.

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